This section lists issues - problems on the street network and related matters.

Issues always relate to some geographical location, whether very local or perhaps city-wide.

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Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of CycleSheffield:

  • Highway Code changes

    sound+fury // 1 thread

    A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.

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  • DfT Policy Paper - Inclusive Transport Strategy

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:

    Shared Space:

    8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
    forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
    incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
    We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
    us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.

    Objectives regarding Cycling:

    • Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
    local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
    account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
    the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
    • By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
    cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people

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  • Filter to prevent rat running on Parsonage Crescent

    Created by Sam Wakeling // 0 threads

    Through traffic drives along South Road and goes down Parsonage Crescent as a short-cut to access Walkley Bank Road rather than going down to the turn opposite The Florist.

    On an evening peak this is done by about 1/3 of all the outbound traffic on South Road (220 out of 670 motor vehicles per hour). In the evening peak cycle traffic is almost exclusively outbound, with 87% using this route from South Road and down Parsonage Crescent.

    Stopping motor access to the top of Parsonage Crescent would remove traffic from this narrow residential street and also create a safe and convenient way for people cycling to access South Road up from the Rivelin direction without needing to cycle up Walkley Road, crossing the difficult turn at The Florist, which has heavy traffic and no protected space.

    As with all routing of motor traffic away from a route of maximum convenience it should show some level of traffic evaporation from the area. The current pedestrian crossing on this arm could be removed as no motor traffic would have to be crossed.

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  • Barriers on cycle route under dual carriageway off Weston St

    Created by Sam Wakeling // 2 threads

    The nominated cycle route to avoid the University roundabout goes down Weston St and under the underpass. Entry and exit to this underpass is obstructed by metal barriers.

    These make the route inconvenient for all people using bikes, and impossible to access for some recumbent, cargo bike, trailer or multi-wheeled disabled cycle users.

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  • Barnsley Road widening - "Better Buses"

    Created by Dexter Johnstone // 1 thread

    It can take vehicles more than 8 minutes to travel the 600m of Barnsley Road between Earl Marshall Road and Orphanage Road. See the proposed changes below. Let us know what you think by Friday 13th May 2016.
    There will be a new lay-by at the Orphanage Road bus stop (on Barnsley Road) so buses using it don't block the road.
    We will widen Barnsley Road and provide right-turn lanes in the middle at the junctions with Scott Road and Firshill Avenue. This will allow traffic to pass by right-turners. Buses will also be able to turn into Scott Road more easily and safely.
    We will alter the pedestrian crossing point, speed cushions and bus stops on Scott Road to allow for the Barnsley Road changes. There will be some additional double yellow lines to help traffic there to keep moving.
    Some parking would be removed on Scott Road, but our surveys indicate that there will be enough parking between Passhouses Road and Barnsley Road for the number of vehicles that are usually parked.

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  • Dangerous unsignalled crossing of Rutland Road on Penistone Road cycle path

    Created by Sam Wakeling // 1 thread

    The off-road cycle path along Penistone Road requires you to cross Rutland Road in two stages with no signalled phase. It is a large multi-lane junction and difficult to determine whether approaching motor traffic is about to turn across your path. It is also especially difficult and dangerous to attempt a dash across a large road between motor traffic phases from a standing start on a bike.

    A toucan crossing and realignment to straighten out the current dog-leg between crossing stages would greatly improve safety on the Penistone Road cycle path at this point.

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  • Highcliffe Rd & Bluebell Wood

    Created by WildNorthlands // 0 threads

    Highcliffe Rd is used as a rat-run between Fulwood and Bents Green/Ecclesall. It's a difficult road for cyclists as it starts off very steeply and is quite narrow, with cars parked on the uphill side. There is an alternative route through the woods - a bridleway that if brought up to standard would provide a very pleasant alternative for cyclists heading to/from Bents Green, with a direct link to NCN6.

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  • City Centre Cycle Route

    Created by Dexter Johnstone // 1 thread

    City Centre route currently being designed by Sheffield Council, supposed to be STEP funded.

    This is the info we have so far:

    Portobello – Leopold
    Current provision does not offer a consistent high quality route To create a high quality Dutch style cycle route between City Centre and University This will form part of the City Centre cycle network.

    To create cycle street i.e. a street where cyclists have priority and motor vehicles are 'guests'. This to follow line of existing (westerly) cycle route on Portobello St.

    Issues to be looked at/Initial thoughts
    Crossing Mappin St – bicycle priority, may require temporary protection until motorists get accustomed to the idea
    Crossing Rockingham Street – to be determined refer to CROW standards
    Trippet Lane –point closure opposing one-way for motorised vehicles west of Bailey Street, allows access to businesses unloading etc. and parking remains on eastern side of closure (between Bailey Lane and Leopold Street)

    Portobello St

    • Remove contra flow cycle lane
    • No road closure to enable access for emergency vehicles if necessary
    • 2 Disabled Parking spaces to remain
    • Access to University car park from Orange St remains the same.
    Access to existing small businesses to remain the same

    Bailey Street existing “no right turn” into Broad Lane to be removed

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  • Greenhill - "Improving traffic flow and reliability"

    Created by Dexter Johnstone // 1 thread

    The council are "considering ways to further ease congestion, reduce journey times and improve road safety in the area. "
    Initial plans were scrapped as they deemed too expensive.
    They were planning to part fund the scheme with £350,000 of Sustainable Transport Exemplar Program money which is supposed to be spent on cycling links and other sustainable transport links.

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  • Cycle route blocked outside Electric Works

    Created by Matt Turner // 1 thread

    The cycle route that runs past Electric Works has been blocked by big white wooden sheets, it looks like this is for development of some kind.

    There is a parallel route (perhaps the official one?) on the footway (shared unsegregated) on Sheaf Street, but it's far too narrow to be acceptable for a cycle route to the train station.

    A temporary bark chipping path from the obstruction down to Sheaf Street, but it's not suitable for cycling on.

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  • Spital Hill - Better Buses'

    Created by Dexter Johnstone // 1 thread

    Road layout changes to Spital Hill. These changes were identified as potentially dangerous by Sheffield Council Cycle Audit, however, they are still going ahead.

    CycleSheffield response to changes:
    Commenting on the specifics of this design, which leaves the road fundamentally unsafe for cyclists, might be seen to condone it, so we will refrain. The minor changes represent no significant improvement for cyclists (existing or potential).

    In summary: Spital Hill is the natural major cycle route connecting the Burngreave and Pitsmoor to the city centre. There is no convenient alternative.

    Again this is an extremely busy road, with a complex junction. During rush hour, having to compete for lane spaces with 10 ton busses and numerous taxi cabs which will be switching lanes, is unpleasant and risky, and will in itself discourage inexperienced cyclists to start cycle commuting. In addition the proposed lane layouts are confusing to both motorists and cyclists which will lead to unpredictable road behaviour which is a further grave risk to cyclists in the traffic stream.

    Both the traffic volumes and complexity of the junction make it unreasonable to expect people to share them for cycling.

    The width of the streets (both Savile Street and A6135/Spital Hill) have ample room for the Council to provide protected space for cycling. It is disappointing that Sheffield City Council has not taken the opportunity to utilise this space to allow people in Sheffield to cycle safely and confidently in this area.

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  • Grey to Green phase 1

    Created by Dexter Johnstone // 2 threads

    Grey to Green scheme details:

    CycleSheffield response to Grey to Green scheme

    We were told that there wasn't enough money to provide good cycle facilities as part of the Grey to Green scheme.

    The council is now planning to use £225,000 of Sustainable Transport Exemplar Program (STEP) money to part fund the scheme.

    STEP money is supposed to be for '‘improving cycling links and other sustainable transport links across the area’.

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  • Meadowhall station car park extension

    Created by Dexter Johnstone // 3 threads

    £8.2million expansion of Meadowhall car park.

    part funded by £1.45million of Sustainable Transport Exemplar Program (STEP) which is intended for ‘improving cycling links and other sustainable transport links across the area’.

    This has been put back until 16/17 due to a delay with a funding bid.

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  • Sheffield Station Cycle Hub phase 2

    Created by JasonColbeck // 2 threads

    A Listed Building Consent planning application (15/04649/LBC) 'Alterations to the cycle hub to form new mezzanine floor to provide 140 additional cycle storage' has been submitted on behalf of East midlands Trains.

    Application Received Date: Thu 24 Dec 2015
    Application Validated Date: Wed 27 Jan 2016
    Expiry Date: Thu 25 Feb 2016
    Actual Committee Date: Not Available
    Latest Neighbour Consultation Date: Wed 27 Jan 2016
    Neighbour Consultation Expiry Date: Wed 17 Feb 2016
    Standard Consultation Date: Wed 27 Jan 2016
    Standard Consultation Expiry Date: Wed 10 Feb 2016
    Last Advertised In Press Date: Thu 04 Feb 2016
    Latest Advertisement Expiry Date: Thu 25 Feb 2016
    Last Site Notice Posted Date: Not Available
    Latest Site Notice Expiry Date: Not Available
    Decision Made Date: Not Available
    Decision Issued Date: Not Available
    Permission Expiry Date: Not Available
    Decision Printed Date: Not Available
    Environmental Impact Assessment Received: Not Available
    Target Determination Date: Wed 23 Mar 2016
    Determination Deadline: Wed 23 Mar 2016

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  • Tinsley Link Road - Bus Rapid Transit North

    Created by Matt Turner // 1 thread

    A new link road is being constructed in Tinsley. It is unclear exactly what the design is or how cycling will be catered for.

    Some drawings are available, but they are from 2011 when the bid was submitted, these don't show the level of detail of cycle facilities.

    All of the bid documents are on the BRT North website here

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  • Rutland Road/Pitsmoor Road Junction Improvements - North Sheffield Better Buses

    Created by Matt Turner // 3 threads

    A junction redesign for the junctions of Rutland Road/Cooks Wood Road and Rutland Road/Pitsmoor Road.

    The design is very bad, with only ASLs for cycling and multi lane roads which require people to cycle in the outside lane for some movements.

    I've done an audit of the design here:

    The council meeting discussing it is here:

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  • toucan crossing required Bolsover Street

    Created by Dexter Johnstone // 1 thread

    Weston Street is an advisory cycle route and should link up with the University of Sheffield concourse. However, it does not and you currently have to cross 3 lanes of traffic. The road is often very busy. There should be a toucan crossing instead of the pedestrian crossing, a short off road cycle path across the large grass verge could link the crossing to Weston Street.

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